- Prosecutors allege he tried to exert an illegal influence over Mr Lee
- Mr Lee died in November aged 95
The former business manager of Stan Lee has been arrested on charges of elder abuse involving the Marvel Comics legend.
Keya Morgan faces felony charges including theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder adult, and false imprisonment of an elder adult. A misdemeanour count also alleges elder abuse.
He was arrested in Arizona on an outstanding arrest warrant after being charged by Los Angeles County prosecutors in California.
Prosecutors allege Mr Morgan tried to exert influence over Mr Lee – who died in November aged 95 – without legal authority and to capitalise on his wealth.
They say he made more than $262,000 (£206,000) from autograph signing sessions Lee did in May 2018.
The case alleges Mr Morgan moved Mr Lee from his home in Hollywood Hills to a flat in Beverly Hills so that he was able to have more control over him.
Mr Lee’s daughter last year also requested a restraining order against Mr Morgan.
She claimed he was trying to manipulate Mr Lee, as his mental health declined, to prevent him seeing his family and friends and to try to take control of his fortune and business.
Attorney Alex Kessel has said Mr Morgan denied abusing or taking advantage of Mr Lee.
Mr Kessel said Mr Morgan would surrender to authorities on Tuesday. Bail has been set at $300,000 (£240,000).
“It is unfortunate that the DA and police did not honour our commitment to surrender next week and arrested him,” Mr Kessel added.
An extraordinary life
Mr Lee is a legend in comics and film history for his extraordinary role in building up Marvel Comic’s super heroes.
He also became a favourite for always having a cameo role in every blockbuster Marvel movies made the last decade.
Working with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko he helped create Hulk, Thor and Doctor Strange and others stars of Marvel’s universe.
Among his hallmarks was the idea of super heroes with flaws, a theme that continues to this day.